Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo Biography

Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo has a B.Sc. (1982) and an M.Sc. (1984) in Mathematics from PUC-Rio, the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a D.Sc. (1992) in Mathematics from IMPA.

He is a Full Researcher at IMPA and a member of the Visgraf laboratory. He was a member of Tecgraf, the Computer Graphics Technology Group of PUC-Rio, for over 20 years. He has collaborated with Visgraf and Tecgraf since their creation.

Before joining IMPA in 2001, he was an Associate Researcher at LNCC, which he joined in 1997, after spending one year there as a visiting researcher supported by a FAPERJ fellowship. Before that, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Computer Systems Group of the Computer Science Department at the University of Waterloo in 1995.

He was invited plenary speaker at SCAN 2002 and at SIBGRAPI 2017.

Research interests

His current research interests include computational mathematics, geometric modeling, and interval methods in computer graphics, specially applications of affine arithmetic.

He is also interested in programming languages and is one of the designers of the Lua language. Lua was awarded the first prize in the II Compaq Award for Research and Development in Computer Science, in 1997, and the Front Line Award 2011 from the Game Developers Magazine. Lua featured in HOPL III, the Third ACM SIGPLAN History of Programming Languages Conference, in 2007. Lua featured in the "Inovanšas – Creations Brazilian style" exhibition at the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio, in 2017. Watch the video. In 2022, Lua received the Pedro Ernesto Medal, the highest decoration given by the city of Rio de Janeiro.